Quitting smoking: benefits day after day
The reasons for quitting smoking seem solid, but how long does it take for the beneficial effects on health to be felt? Let’s break down the changes over time so you know when you’ll see the results of quitting.
Timeline of withdrawal after smoking cessation
20 minutes : Your heart rate returns to normal.
8 o’clock : Your oxygen levels begin to return to normal, while the nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in your blood drop by more than 50%.
48 hours : You should start to notice an improvement in taste and smell. As nicotine levels drop, nicotine withdrawal side effects can occur, such as anxiety and irritability (don’t worry, we’ve got some tips to help).
72 hours : Your lungs begin to relax and breathing should become easier. Nicotine is completely eliminated from the body and as a result the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal will have peaked.
5 to 10 days : The average smoker is starting to notice a reduction in the amount of nicotine cravings felt in a day (you’ll get there!).
2 to 12 weeks : Your blood circulation begins to improve. You may notice that physical activity becomes much easier. You will be free from the addiction and the psychological effects of withdrawal should be gone.
3 to 9 months : Lung function is clearly starting to improve. Coughing and wheezing become less frequent and the risk of respiratory infections begins to decrease.
1 year : The risk of heart disease is reduced by about 50%.
5 years : The risk of stroke is greatly reduced as your blood vessels widen again, reducing the chance of blood clots.
10 years : Your risk of lung cancer is reduced by about 50%, while the risk of developing cancer of the mouth, esophagus, throat, or pancreas is also much lower.
15 years old : Your risk of developing heart disease is the same as that of a non-smoker.
20 years : Your chance of developing pancreatic cancer is now equal to that of someone who has never smoked. In women, the risk of dying from all smoking-related causes is now also the same as that of a non-smoker.
Let’s be honest. Cigarettes don’t have many benefits.
Like a bad relationship, it can affect many aspects of your life and is very difficult to let go.
But they bring you down and a breakup is without a doubt the best solution.
In this article, we’ll look at the reasons why you should quit smoking, and explore a timeline of things to look forward to once you’re smoke-free!
Cigarettes have devastating effects on your health
Smokers have a significantly higher risk of developing heart disease, lung disease and various cancers compared to people who have never smoked.
Smoking has also been linked to fertility problems and can lead to many potentially serious complications if you become pregnant.
The consequences don’t stop there either. Cigarette smoke can also dull your taste and smell, and tobacco’s effects on breathing can make physical activity difficult.
The sooner you stop smoking, the better off you will be at any point in your life, which will significantly reduce your risk of chronic disease and help you regain years of healthy living.
They drain your bank balance
Do you smoke a pack a day? The costs are going up, right?
That’s a lot of money that could be used for much better purposes.
After only a few months away, you may have enough money for a trip abroad. Just a few more months and you could be getting closer to the car you desire.
They can affect your relationships
Whether it’s pushing away potential partners or having a direct effect on your libido and (if you’re a man) your ability to fuck, your smoking habits can negatively impact many aspects of your life. I don’t promise you anything, but quitting smoking can be the key to up your game.
But I’m not just talking about romantic relationships.
If you’re hanging out with friends or family who have kids, or who just prefer not to be exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke, things can get tricky.
It’s never nice to feel isolated, and if smoking is involved, your social life can benefit greatly.
What is the best way to quit smoking?
There are several methods to quit smoking, but not all are equally effective.
It is important to remember that smoking is addictive and the causes or reasons for persisting in the habit can be deeply rooted. This means that any intervention to address your nicotine addiction should focus on both the physiological and psychological aspects of smoking.
So while stopping abruptly may seem like the quickest and easiest option, research suggests it probably won’t be effective in the long run for most people.
I could tell you here about the hundreds of methods out there to quit smoking